Salary and Benefits

2020 Salary Schedule

Recruits entering the Police Academy begin earning benefits within 30 days of hire.

Police Recruit Salary

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
Recruit $31.24 $5,435 N/A - Salary during Academy

Entry Level Salary

Once you become a sworn police officer, the salary schedule is as follows:

Sworn Police Salary Scale

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
STEP 1
(Sworn Ofc.)
$40.06 $6,970 $83,640
STEP 2
(6 Months)
$42.96 $7,475 $89,700
STEP 3
(18 Months)
$44.91 $7,814 $93,768
STEP 4
(30 Months)
$46.64 $8,115 $97,380
STEP 5
(42 Months)
$48.98 $8,522 $102,270
STEP 6
(54 Months)
$52.45 $9,126 $109,512
  • Overtime and compensatory time is paid at time and 1/2, with a 3-hour minimum for court and off-duty call outs.

Lateral Salary

  • Pay for Lateral Officers range between STEP 3 and 5, depending on experience.
  • Laterals will attain STEP 6 after the successful completion of STEP 5. 
  • Overtime and compensatory time is paid at time and 1/2, with a 3-hour minimum for court and off-duty call outs.

Lateral Police Salary Scale

STEPHOURLYMONTHLYANNUAL
STEP 3
(24-41 Mos Experience)
$44.91 $7,814 $93,768
STEP 4
(42-53 Mos Experience)
$46.64 $8,115 $97,380
STEP 5
(54+ Mos Experience)
$48.98 $8,522 $102,264


Longevity Pay for Entry and Lateral Officers

  • 2% Body worn video pay effective after 1 year probationary period.

Longevity Pay Schedule

(Years in service with SPD)

Patrol LongevityNon-Patrol Longevity
7 Years - 2% 7 Years - 2%
10 Years - 6% 10 Years - 4%
15 Years - 11% 15 Years - 6%
20 Years - 12% 20 Years - 8%
25 Years - 14% 25 Years - 10%
30 Years - 16% 30 Years - 12%

Benefits

Uniforms and Equipment

Uniform Allowance: Yearly uniform allowance of $550.

Equipment issued by SPD: Glock 9 mm, or .40 caliber duty weapon and take home portable police radio. Laterals have options for .45 caliber.

Vacation and Benefits

As part of the largest city in the Northwest, the City of Seattle offers generous leave and family coverage. Benefits begin the first day of Academy Training:

  • 10 Paid Holidays plus
    16 hours Personal Holiday
  • 12 Days paid Vacation per year to start. Accrual increases with Longevity.
  • 12 Days paid Sick Leave
    (can be used for spouse/domestic partner, child or parent)
    (unlimited accrual)
  • Enrollment in Washington State LEOFF2 Retirement
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (Optional)
    (City Matches up to $4,380 per year)
  • Premium and Incentive pay depending on assignment

Medical

Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance

  • Benefits start within 30 days of being hired.
  • No extra cost for Dependants Coverage and Domestic Partner Coverage is available.

Providers

Retirement: LEOFF2 RETIREMENT

Medical: AETNA | KAISER PERMANENTE

Dental: DELTA DENTAL | DENKOR

Vision: VSP

Relief Association: SPRA

The Seattle Police Department is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its workforce. At SPD we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.